LA HACIENDA


La Hacienda is a project in motion - that is to say it is a work in progress ..... 

still being built. The sight was chosen while out mustering "Rouge" cattle one day.  Then a pad was made and concrete foundations put down.  The home is very simple in design with Besar Block core filled with concrete and a steel roof, as we have a big Termite problem in this country so unfortunately the less wood the better. 

The building faces directly North - with very large windows - it's a Solar Passive home.  The heat is drawn in through the large windows and kept there while the sun heats up the concrete floors, which means that through out our winter months we have a constant warm temperature inside and no need for any outside heating although we do have gas which we use to cook with.  

In Summer we retreat to the veranda on the Southern side which is lovely and cool at that time of year with a breeze running through it.  

We are not part of any "Grid" system and have no phone lines.  We generate all our own power with Solar Panels and an old diesel Generator on overcast days.

All our water is contained in water tanks; the water is collected from the runoff from the house roof as well as the - feed shed roof.  We have an annual rainfall of only 24inches which we may get over a year or all in one or two months which can be devastating as the country is very hard - sedimentary rock which they call "Traprock" here, dry and poor to say the least.

To complete the outside of the Hacienda we will be finishing it off with render one day soon, with retaining walls - one day soon - an Islamic influenced "dry" walled garden - one day soon - lemon trees, pomegranate trees, wisteria, star jasmine, David Austin old fashioned roses, Rosemary bushes, an olive tree or two, Washingtonian palms - one day soon.   

Presently I have a little garden that has been made out of an old diesel storage tank that we have cut in half as well as a couple of old 44's which I have planted out with a "Salad garden".  

Depending on what time of year it is, I have planted: lots and lots of Italian parsley, Thyme, Basil ......


........ Silver beet

......Rocket, Garlic chives, Radishes ........ 

......and small lettuces of all varieties colours, shapes and sizes.  


For colour I have planted Munstead lavender, Petunias, Violas and Pansies .......

......... a dahlia called "Hello Dolly" ......

.........white salvia and lobelia in this gorgeous blue which looks lovely amongst the Italian parsley and the rustic-ness of the diesel drums.  

..... and to be continued as time goes on .......